Brass Band Sundays

We are pleased to bring the popular brass band concerts to Clarence Park Bandstand throughout the year, featuring the region’s best brass bands in a 2-hour concert on occasional Sunday afternoons.   More »


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Want to Hire the Bandstand?

Did you know you the Bandstand is available for hire? No? Well you do now :)

We (The Collective) are custodians of The Clarence Park Bandstand and as you may be aware stage many events there, such as; The Young Band Showcase, Brass Band Sundays, The Teddy Bears Picnic and of course The Clarence Festival itself.

Although we use The Bandstand for all the aformentioned events, you can use it too. We have a licence to stage a limited number of events over the year (for a negiotable fee) and will consider all applications.

To apply to use this unique venue, please drop us a message on this post. :)

A New and Improved Bandstand for Everyone

If you live near Clarence Park or if you visit the park  for events held at the Bandstand, would you like  to see it restored and repaired in order for it to be used in future by all the community?

The Wakefield Music Collective is doing a joint bid with WMDC in order to repair and refurbish the bandstand. In addition to this (we) The Collective, are also submitting a separate bid in order to continue staging events at the Bandstand.

Both bids require ‘evidence of need’ so we are asking local people and anyone who is interested in seeing the bandstand restored and used regularly to add their approval……..To help us, help make Clarence Park Bandstand a venue for the whole community, please show your support for our initiative by adding your comments to this post. Thanks x :)

Clarence 2012 – A Big Thankyou!

The stages are once again quiet, the beer tent has been packed away, the litter has been cleared and all the barriers are gone – yes folks, we’re done and dusted with Clarence 2012! It rained a bit, it was sunny, someone tried to roll down the hill and Rat was selling sticks – that makes it a proper Clarence in our books.

Thanks to all the bands who played with great gusto – Red Riding Quartet, Blind Dead McJones Band, The Jar Family, Scott Anthony Wainwright, Hamerex, By Polaroid, The Brompton Mix, More Than You’ll Ever Know, Freedom Of The City, The Incredible Magpie Band, Jery At Controls, MBT, Pegging Leaves, Mummy Short Arms, Boomin, Benjamin Bloom, The Soul Circle Gang, and Benson.

Thanks to you the audience who braved rain, wind, sun, and everything else to sit on the hill and listen to some cracking tunes. Thanks for behaving ;)

Thanks to the volunteers who tidied, cleared, produced, engineered, photographed, promoted, patrolled, sold stuff, walked, dispensed info, swept, carried, printed, lifted, wrote, typeset, rescued, poked, prodded, drove, ran, cleaned, lit, videoed, and tons more. People such as Kate, Rachel, Becky, Ben, Ellie, Tom, Nicky, Matty, JJ, James, Mick, Anthony, Joel, Andy, Lisa, Ed, Sophie, Jack, Jo-Ann, and tons more (many of whom are in the photo on the right, kindly taken by Sally Tucker). Thanks to Morsey for finding us drum kits at short notice, MBT for lending Mummy Short Arms their backline, Jodie for writing the intro to the programme. Ta to Martin at YOT and Yubi at Next Generation for their continued support.

Thanks to our sponsors this year who made sure we had enough dosh to do it, whether they gave us cash or donated services in-kind, companies you should support because they’re lovely – Wakefield College, Wakefield District Council, Ackworth Autoserv, Ossett Brewery, Rustico, BeClear/PCT, Wakefield Community Foundation, Rocket Express, Key Security, Sayers Solutions, StagePro, Wrenthorpe Consulting, Thornes Bon Bon, Leeds List, The All-New Duke Of York Pub Agbrigg, Trad Music, 106.8 Ridings FM, BBC 6Music, BBC Introducing, Cheese Factory, and Biziprint up Westgate who sorted us flyers and printing at very short notice. Splendid work from all the vendors who fed, watered and clothed people, and got the kids hopped up on sweets.

Finally, thanks (as usual) to everyone we’ve forgotten because there were a lot of people who helped this year, everyone from the random guy who helped fill bin bags at the end, to the bars and pubs who took our flyers when the street team were out on Thursday and Friday, and the kindhearted souls who handed in lost property. Kudos to the folks who brought their sofa and beanbags and put them on the hill – we love you all; the guy who decided to change his pants on the tarmac – less so ;)

There’ll be a full write-up soon and podcast #6 will feature soundbites from performers and crew around the festival, presumably when we’ve calmed down a bit, but in the meantime our Flickr group has photos appearing from the festival taken by Collective members, but you can of course add your own – go see!

And now, a cup of tea. Phew! Thanks and thanks again :)

Planning Your Day At Clarence 2012

Planning to come to Clarence 2012? Here’s some handy hints:

First act is at midday prompt each day! You’re strongly recommended to show up by then and make sure you’ve got your spot on the hill. On sunny days the hill fills up very quickly and you’ll need to be early if you want a big area.

Buses pass the festival site regularly – the 128, 436, 443, 444 and 446 pass the festival site on Denby Dale Road (get off near the Queens Arms pub) or get off on Horbury Road using the 119, 126 or 127 and walk through Thornes Park.

Parking is available in Lawefield Lane (on the park arena grass). It’s free, just turn up Lawefield Lane and there’s a gate on your left, it’s very close to the festival site, it’s free and you won’t find parking any nearer. Street parking is restricted to permit holders, and if you leave your car in the Holmfield Arms carpark you will end up with a ticket or worse. Once you’ve arrived come over the hill and find us – just follow the sounds!

Litterbins are dotted around on-site so please chuck your rubbish in them and not at the acts or other visitors :) If you’re filling your own binbags give us a yell and we’ll show you where the big skip is.

Food – if you need to eat there’s a load of food concessions on-site including burgers, hot dogs, barbeque, Thai and Jamaican food, sweet stalls and more. They’re all pretty reasonably priced and you can fill your kids with sugar.

Bring-Your-Own-Grub – you’re perfectly welcome to bring a picnic and some tinnies instead, the day’s definitely suited to it. There’s a strict no-barbeques and no-open-flames rule, we’ll only have to send a steward over with a fire extinguisher to put it out.

Beer Tent – there’s no restrictions on age in the beer tent, which is also home to The Hop Stage. Try the Clarence-21 anniversary ale which Ossett Brewery have brewed specially for the occasion.

Big Chairs – if you bring large chairs, please try and use the tarmac near the bandstand instead – for a start you won’t fall down the hill if you tip over, it’s less busy than the hill, and you won’t block other visitors’ views!

Festival T-shirts and programmes are on-sale – pick ‘em up from a passing bucket-shaking steward or come down to the information tent. Full-colour programmes contain information about all the acts as well as other Wakefield music info, and are really very reasonably priced at £2 apiece.

Band Merchandise may be available! There’s a table purely for band vendors down near the information tent – come have a look and support the performers.

Stopping overnight is a cinch – there’s a Premier Inn a couple of hundred yards away at Holmefield House, the Campanile is a bit further down Denby Dale Road (15 mins walking distance) and if you need to camp then please use Nostell Priory campsite. There’s no camping on-site.

Witter On Twitter – we’ll be tweeting during the course of the weekend and you’re encouraged to do the same! Use the hashtag #clarence2012 for your wibblings!

So, hope to see you Saturday – come down, have a laugh, listen to some ace music and let’s get it on! Clarence 21‘s coming!

Clarence 2012: A Week To Go!

We’re just a week away from Clarence Park Music Festival 2012 when we’ll see 18 bands take to 2 stages over the course of a weekend, and it’s all free! The t-shirts are on their way, the programmes are done, the site is being prepared, and we thought we’d give you a quick rundown of your weekend…

We start at midday on Saturday 28th July with local rockers Red Riding Quartet on the Bandstand Stage, followed by bluesmen The Blind Dead McJones Band. At 1:30pm prepare to be earwormed a lot by The Jar Family (especially Poolie Strut), then we’re back at The Hop Stage with urban hoedown beatbox footstomper Scott Anthony Wainwright. We’ve had a lot of comments that we’ve ignored the metalheads in recent years so prepare to mosh to Hamerex who are hitting the Bandstand Stage at 2:55pm and recover with some prog riffs and melodic vocals when By Polaroid join us on The Hop Stage at 3:50pm. The Brompton Mix are at 4:45pm on the Bandstand Stage and Blink-182-esque poppunk comes from More Than You’ll Ever Know at 5:40pm on The Hop Stage. Finishing off are our Saturday headliners Freedom Of The City who take to the Bandstand Stage at 6:35pm to bring you some proper good pint-in-the-air-chorus Manchester Indie.

Sunday 29th July kicks off with The Incredible Magpie Band bringing 60s-influenced rock reminiscent of early Beatles, Stones, Kinks, and latterly The La’s. Bring on the alt-country at 12:45pm when Jery At Controls hit the stage, and blow out the cobwebs with local metal band MBT who have a very good following and will rock yer socks off at 1:30pm. Pegging Leaves bring a bittersweet chillout to The Hop Stage at 2:10pm but be prepared for Mummy Short Arms who frankly are a bunch of nutters from Glasgow who bring a really good but unique rock sound – that’s on the Bandstand Stage at 2:55pm. Boomin’ join us at 3:50pm, followed by The Soul Circle Gang for some laid-back relaxed funk, soul, reggae and Afro-beat on the Bandstand Stage at 4:45pm. Finally, Benjamin Bloom brings big choruses, pomp and circumstance and epic songs to The Hop Stage at 5:40pm before we finish with Benson who are so damn energetic that you’ll be exhausted just watching them – proper bangin’ indie-ska brass at 6:35pm.

So there you go. Sounds good? Thought so! Both stages are wired up to the big sound system so even if you don’t want to come down the hill you’ll still be able to hear what’s going on… but while you’re in The Hop beer tent you might as well sample some of the light and hoppy Clarence 21 Anniversary Ale which is exclusive to this event – it’d be rude not to, right? If you want to find out more (including travel info) then click here for the main Clarence 21 page.

Finally, if you can print out some posters and stick them up in your local shop or at work, please do so – you can click here to download an A4 PDF to print out. Spread the word – Clarence 21 is here. Booya!

Loaded – Bar Street Sundays – 22nd July 7pm

Get down to Bar Street, Westgate End this sunday for a sultry sunday rock out, with Loaded, playing all the best rock/indie tracks :)

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Bandstand Blues – Chris Hanks – 8th July 2pm

Fancy a bit of acoustic blues this Sunday? Disappointed we didn’t have an act on at The Bandstand? Trouble not, because you’re in luck!

Chris Hanks, blues guitarist will be performing at Clarence Park Bandstand on Sunday from 2pm.

Chris is a familiar face at our KT PURE nights at The Hop (most recently performing with Tony Foster Band and The Wires) and is just the ticket for a relaxing Sunday.

Come join us! 2pm, Clarence Park Bandstand

Bar Street Sundays – The Rocketeers – 8th July 8pm

Born from an unholy marriage between Jerry Lee Lewis and a young outrageous Elvis Presley, the ceremony having been overseen by everyone’s favourite flamboyant preacher, Little Richard !
Add in the guitarmanship of The Rolling Stones, stir in the railroad rhythms of Chuck Berry, add a healthy portion of Bo Diddley’s pounding beat, then cook quickly in the burning embers of The Killers’ piano and you get a savage concoction of Rock n Roll at it’s rawest!

Get down to Bar Street, Westgate End, this Sunday, 8th July to enjoy the sounds of  The Rocketeers :)


Mayor’s Charity Event – Featuring The Tracks

We’re pleased to be involved with The Mayor Of Wakefield’s Charity Event this year, which is taking place at Havana in Wakefield on 20th July 2012.

This event is in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance and our old pals The Tracks will be playing at the event with a full electric set. Described as ‘stubbornly addictive post-punk’ it’ll certainly be a night to remember! There will be drinks specials at Havana as well.

Tickets are £3 in advance from the Town Hall (or phone 01924 305345), or £5 on the door.

New! Podcast! Listen! Yeah!

A long time ago in a galaxy far away there was WMC Netradio, which was a series produced by Collective folks at the time to showcase bands from Wakefield and who were playing Collective events… it was reasonably popular at the time, however that was a long while ago before iPods.

So it’s been a long time coming, and now we’re pleased to announce a successor in WMC Podcast! Every now and then we’ll be releasing a radio show featuring acts who’ve played in the past, acts who aren’t around any more, and acts who are coming up. The first podcast features Clarence 2012 acts Freedom Of The City, The Incredible Magpie Band, The Brompton Mix and The Jar Family alongside The Passing Fancy who are playing the Solstice gig, as well as a few oldies from the vault.

You can find the podcast on iTunes, or go to the WMC Podcast page to download the episodes individually.